Softly Sometimes Holiday Giveaway!


(Well, it’s about time.)

So, this is the first ever giveaway on Softly Sometimes. I know I promised you guys this giveaway weeks before, but I had to wait for all of the ~elements~ to kind of come together. Not that I need to disclose it or anything, but everything has been purchased by myself. I wanted to show a range of my favorite products, so I hope you all like it. 🙂
Softly Sometimes Christmas Giveaway - Prizes

What I’m Giving Away:

— Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Gravité
— BITE Beauty Best Bite Remix
— Aromateria Solid Perfume in Ender
— Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Amour (deluxe size)

Le Métier de Beauté makes some of my favorite makeup products, which is why I’ve amassed quite a few items despite the hefty price tag. Gravité is a limited edition Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (fancy word for eyeshadow quad) and it’s a “spare” I had that I figured I didn’t need.

BITE Beauty is a recent discovery, and one that I’m completely enamored with. This lip set is a holiday makeup set is made up of high pigment lip pencil minis in shades that are all you really need!

Aromateria is also a recent discovery, but I hope you enjoy sniffing Ender as much as I do. (I’m pretty obsessed) And lastly, one of my favorite blush formulas: Tarte. I’ve added a pretty pink shade that’s perfect for everyday.


1. There will be only one winner.
2. Contest is open internationally.
3. You must follow Softly Sometimes on Bloglovin’, WordPress or through email. I’m sorry but I can’t check if you follow through my RSS feed. 😦
4. Answer this question: What is the best thing beauty has taught you about yourself?

Ways to Enter

1. Comment on this post – be sure to use a valid email when entering the comment because that’s how I’ll reach you + keep your email private. Don’t forget to let me know how you’re subscribed to this blog (i.e. WordPress, Bloglovin’, email).
2. Instagram post – if you want to get creative, post a photo of your answer, tag me (@presidents and #softlygives) and include this link anywhere in your caption: http://bit.ly/softlygives

You can post twice (one comment and one Instagram), but make sure that your Instagram account is public so I can see the post! Doing both counts as two entries.

I’m going to go old school here and manually read and check all the entries. I wanted to do a Rafflecopter giveaway where you have to follow me on all platforms (haha), but I wanted it to be less sweepstake-y and more like those old magazine contests where you had to answer a question. I hope that’s okay. 🙂

Contest officially ends on December 25, 2014. Since I’ll be reading through the entries, I’ll announce the winner on January 1st. Please feel free to post questions or clarifications. I can’t wait to read all of your answers! 🙂

All items purchased by me.

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  1. If anything, beauty brought to my attention the ugly in me. I could be very discontent and self-conscious about certain physical features. But the ugly is not in the imperfections.

    Beauty has taught me that there is more to me than just the temporary and fleeting. Age may crease a woman’s skin but not her heart. As cliche and corny as it may sound, goodness that wells up from within is what makes a woman truly beautiful. In a world that puts a high premium on physical beauty, we could be creating hideous monsters hiding behind the makeup and fine clothes. God forbid the monster is me.

    Thanks for doing a giveaway not limited to instagram because I don’t have an instagram account anymore for the silliest of reasons.

    Following on WordPress. 🙂

  2. frutteto says

    I have learned that I can enhance my outer looks all I want–that I can learn all the skills to look my best and cover all my facial imperfections. What this has taught me however is, no matter how many layers of make up I apply, this does not cover any inside flaws. I can always look good but I should also watch my actions and words. It is best to match how good I look with how good I act and carry myself — and this is beauty from within!

    I follow via Bloglovin’ 😊

  3. marianaprils says

    I’m such a newbie but one thing I know for sure about beauty. At the end of the day, it is still YOU. One can hide imperfection to many but you can’t hide it to yourself. Your beauty will not define you, it’s how you carry yourself matters. Learn to accept your positive sides and used that as your strong point to show people what kind of beauty you have, the beauty that can inspire, motivate, and help. The one that can touch a person’s life. Make up is just an add on after all.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway, Carina! That’s very sweet and generous of you.

    I’ve always had a tricky relationship with beauty and its twofold meaning – its sense of meaning makeup/the “beauty industry” and its sense of the Beautiful. When I was younger I bought in to the popular notion that makeup was for the vain and frivolous, and it offended my sensibilities as someone who thought herself as bookish and cultured (forgive me, I was a snob then). However it was also perplexing to me as a lover of art, where beauty is so intimately held and prized, that recognition of human beauty (esp female beauty) could also be so looked down upon. After college, I fell into a bit of a depression and that’s when my interest in makeup began – the bright colors, the way you could transform. I started collecting (hoarding, really), practiced looks, started a beauty regime (skincare) and the ritual of all this would give me calm and peace. It also gave me a strange sense of confidence (I know this is cliche but) knowing I had the tangible ability to make myself be what I wanted, even if it were only in a superficial visual way. For a long time I thought the beauty industry preyed on women by feeding into their insecurities, and to a degree I still feel this way the way the beauty industry perpetuates certain standards of beauty; but I’ve also grown to believe that all this beauty one does for oneself is really just that – something that you do for yourself. When I was younger and a snob and anti-makeup, I had the least confidence (perhaps the reason for the latter two); but now that I am older and wear makeup when I want to and not when I don’t, I am the most assured. What I have learned about beauty and what it has come to mean to me is this: that even though it is an outward appearance, it belongs solely to the possessor of beauty and is only meaningful to them, in whatever form it chooses to take. Beauty is not that of the beholder but whatever one makes of beauty and the pleasure derived.

    Sorry for the novel of a comment! This is something I’ve been struggling with and it was nice to write it out. Thanks again for the giveaway 🙂

  5. Beauty taught me that ultimately, I can choose how to feel about myself. I can put on whatever I consider represents (a piece of) myself, highlight the good and cover up the not-so good. I have the final say on who I think I am or the way I want to be seen. Although of course, people will still have their own opinions, but that’s out of my control. And sometimes, that’s a pretty petty thing to be minding about.

    Merry Christmas, Carina! (Very exciting giveaway!) Btw, I follow via WordPress. 🙂

  6. It may seem counter-intuitive, but beauty has taught me that what really sticks and what people really see, is what you want them to see. You can use make-up to highlight your best features, and conceal blemishes, but at the end of the day what really should shine through is your own confidence.

    I follow on WordPress 🙂

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